Who would win in a drum battle, legendary drummer for Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl, or a 10-year-old with some intense and spunky charisma from the U.K?
The winner is almost obvious. It’s the 10-year-old.
Battle of the Drums
During an interview on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Nov. 19, Grohl expressed his amusement and love for the on-going battle with Nandi Bushell.
After being challenged Grohl responded to Bushell on Twitter, “I’ve seen all your videos, I’ve seen you on TV, you’re an incredible drummer … This is my response to your challenge. Now the ball is in your court.”
The two also ended up writing a theme song for the other person.
“Which brings us to this theme song. After announcing that he created the theme ‘off the top of my head,’ Grohl performs a rock-out number for Bushell with ‘the Grohlettes’ (his daughters) providing backup vocals. ‘She got the power/ She got the soul/ Gonna save the world with her rock & roll!'” according to Rolling Stone.
Grohl was originally sent a video of the young drummer by Nirvana producer Butch Vig. While it was first appreciation for the intense drummer who screamed while playing, it later became something so much more real. It became a full-forced friendly rivalry.
“So he sends this to me, I’m like, ‘Oh my god, this kid is a force of nature … And then about two months ago, someone sends me another link and says, ‘Hey this kid’s challenging you to a drum battle.’ And I thought, ‘Oh isn’t that cute?’… So I thought, ‘OK, I’ll play something simple and send it to her.’ One day later, she comes back with her response, and she just wipes the floor with me. She’s kicking my a–! This kid is like kicking my butt at the drums,” Grohl said to Billboard.
From a Battle to a Collab
He compared the battle to “being called out by the school bully.”
Grohl accepted defeat after going back-and-forth with the 10-year-old a few times. He claimed eventually, you just have to concede.
After a video call with Bushell the two are writing a song together that they will hopefully be able to perform on-stage in the U.K. one day.
“During their virtual conversation — in which Bushell met the rock legend for the first time and taught him how to scream while doing drumrolls — Grohl asked her to perform with his band. “When the Foo Fighters finally come back to the UK, do you think that you would get up onstage and jam with us?” Grohl asked. “But it has to be at the end of the set, because you’re gonna steal the show. It can’t be at the beginning of the set, because if you come out first, it’s just all downhill from there,” according to CNN.
On the Road with Dave Grohl
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Foo Fighters. They had planned an anniversary Van Tour 2020 until they canceled it due to COVID-19.
“No, we sorta thought, ‘Well OK, it’s our 25th anniversary. We’re gonna make our tenth record. We have this world domination scheme to circle the planet a few times and, you know, celebrate with the world.’ And we had finished making a record, and we had T-shirts printed and pressed and ready to go, and the trucks were filled with equipment, and everything just stopped. And so we kinda had to shelve everything,” Grohl told Colbert.
Despite COVID-19, the Foo Fighters are still putting out their 10th studio album “Medicine at Midnight.”
Beyond just the album and his performances against the 10-year-old drummer, Grohl has been keeping busy. He performed on iHeartRadio’s Living Room Concert For America.
The group has also performed on SNL and most recently “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” They performed their song “Shame Shame.”